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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Defending Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Here we share some knowledge sources about current efforts to protect women’s rights in the context of past and any future negotiations with the Taliban.


An Open Letter from World Leaders Calling for Afghan Women’s Meaningful Participation in the Peace Process, September 2020

An Open Letter to Our AlliesOur Voices, Our Future, September 2020

An Open Letter to the Taliban, Our Voices, Our Future, August 2020



Afghans Know What a Desirable Peace Looks Like, and It’s One Where Rights Truly Exist, by Murwarid Ziayee, Medium, April 16, 2020

US-Taliban agreement leaves Afghan women in jeopardy, by Nadia Hashimi, The Hill, March 14, 2020

‘Thrown under the bus’: Some Afghans view U.S.-Taliban peace deal with mix of disbelief and anger, by Susannah George, The Washington Post, March 8, 2020

Peace with the Taliban comes at the expense of Afghanistan’s women, by Sally Armstrong, Globe & Mail, March 6, 2020

Afghan women will reject Taliban rule: First Lady, by Anwar Iqbal, Dawn, November 2019

What the Taliban are telling themselves about war and peace, Christian Science Monitor, September 2019

Without Afghan Women, There Can Be No Peace, Feminist Majority Foundation statement, September 2019

Trump's Taliban peace talks have collapsed. But many Afghans aren't surprised — or sad, By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, NBC News, September 2019

Yes, the Taliban has changed — it’s gotten much better at PR, By Tanya Goudsouzian, The Washington Post, August 2019

Afghans Want the Right Peace Deal, Not Just an End to Violence, By Belquis Ahmadi, US Institute for Peace, August 2019

The Taliban Promise to Protect Women. Here's Why Women Don't Believe Them, By Cora Engelbrecht, The New York Times, July 2019



Female delegates during the opening ceremony of the Grand Assembly, April 29, 2019. An expected agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban to smooth future negotiations raises concerns that women may lose some freedoms. (Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times)





Never Go Back: Our Position on Negotiations With the Taliban (2020), Summary of CW4WAfghan Position on Taliban Negotiations, March 2020

A Call to Commit to the Protection of Women’s Rights in Afghanistan (2019), Joint Statement on Taliban Negotiations from Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) and Women for Afghan Women (WAW)

#MyRedLine: a grassroots movement in Afghanistan that uses social media to communicate the voices of Afghan concerns and recommendations for a sustainable peace. Read their July Report.

Fragility and Making Peace: Rights of Afghan Women and Peace With the Taliban, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), May 2019

Policy Brief: Rights of Afghan Women and Peace Negotiations, APPRO, May 2019

Briefing: Short History of Peace Negotiations with Taliban, APPRO, April 2019

What Will Peace Talks Bode for Afghan Women? Briefing Note, International Crisis Group, April 2020



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